Palm Beach Zoo – West Palm Beach, FL

I’m so behind in posting, but here’s what we did on our last full day in Florida.    This is not the biggest zoo I’ve ever been to, but it’s really well done.   Nice habitats for the animals, and just the right speed for the two year old.    Definitely worth a trip with kids.


Green Cay Wetlands – Boynton Beach, FL

We left the house at 7:00 so we could hopefully see plenty of birds, and were not disappointed.     Even got through the whole walk in enough time to get to breakfast before everyone else was up.   I did maintain my streak of not seeing alligators in the wild, even though the last time my sister was here, they managed to see two alligators fighting over a turtle.

Delray Beach, FL

I’m back from a very delightful break from winter in Florida.    My sister and niece were there as well (we stayed with my father and C at their condo), which was so much fun.    You can really have a conversation with her now.  I’m sorry they’re not closer so we can have them more often.  But anyway, I enjoyed my brief interlude of wearing socks only when I chose to and not being surgically attached to a bottle of hand lotion.    I’ve been back less than twenty four hours, and both the socks and hand lotion are firmly back in place.

English Wildflowers

I normally publish my wildflower photos on my other blog, but that’s really for local flowers.    When I was in England, I definitely took plenty of wildflower photos, so I’m going to publish them here, in the style I would normally do on the other site.    This is probably going to be a work in progress, because my references are not as good as what I’ve built up for New England, so I have a bunch still to identify.

It’s fun to see what we have that’s come over here, and what has not made the journey.

Germander Speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys, Plantaginaceae
Common Daisy, Bellis perennis, Asteraceae
Bulbous Buttercup, Ranunculus bulbosus, Ranunculaceae
Red Campion, Silene dioica, Caryophyllaceae
Ribwort Plaintain, Plantago lanceolata, Plantaginaceae
Common Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, Boraginaceae
Herb Robert, Geranium robertianum, Geraniaceae
Greater Celandine, Chelidonium majus, Papaveraceae
Black Medick, Medicago lupulina, Fabaceae
Ox Eye Daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare, Asteraceae
Elder, Sambucus nigra, Adoxaceae
Wood Avens, Geum urbanum, Rosaceae
Wild Oregano, Origanum vulgare, Lamiaceae
White Campion, Silene latifolia, Plantaginaceae
Water Forgot Me Not, Myosotis scorpioides, Boraginaceae
White Clover, Trifolium repens, Fabaceae
Hoary Cress, Lepidium draba, Brassicaceae
Red Clover, Trifolium pratense, Fabaceae
Hedge Bedstraw, Galium mollugo, Rubiaceae
Bugle, Ajuga reptans, Lamiaceae
Cow Parsnip, Heracleum sphondylium, Apiaceae
Dame’s Rocket, Hesperis matronalis, Brassicaceae


Wood Forget-me-Not, Myosotis sylvatica, Boraginaceae

Oxford (1-10)
Hampton Court (11-14)
Regent’s Canal (15-17)
Kew Gardens (18-20)
Chiswick House (21-24)

England 2018, Day 4 – Kew Gardens

In which the Temperate House is reopened after five or so years, and we finally make it over to the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

My adventures in transport getting either or from Kew also continued.    This time, there was a fault on the line after Earl’s Court, so we ended up taking a bus the rest of the way.   I believe I’ve now hit all the possible public transport methods to get there.